COVID-19 And Should we be Worried?

Kesha Palmer and Sariah Williams

Imagine this, it’s the year 2030 and the majority of the population has been wiped out by a deadly virus. What is the likelihood of this actually happening? The coronavirus has caused a major uproar all over the media and false information has spread almost faster than the virus itself. People are grasping at whatever information they can in fear and desperation that this isn’t really happening. Nurses are covered from head to toe in protective attire and taking all the necessary safety precautions in trying to prevent the spread of the disease. Government officials are trying to limit contact with other countries however, some nurses are speaking out to warn our society that this isn’t just some “common cold.” 


Popular broadcasting systems and newspaper websites are trying their best to cover as much information as fast as they’re receiving it.There’s been a lot of issues surrounding the coronavirus on the news/media regarding how Wuhan, China and the World Health Organization are handling the consequences. So far there have been 2,224 recorded deaths worldwide as a result of this virus. They also have renamed the virus COVID- 19,by director-general of the World Health Organization(WHO) abbreviated it getting Co and Vi from Coronavirus, D from disease, and 19 standing for 2019. Numbers are increasing everyday and people are worried about what will happen if containment fails. WHO has provided information on signs and symptoms for people to keep a lookout for, although this information is helpful it doesn’t tell us much.


The coronavirus is part of a family of respiratory diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome(SARS) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome(MERS). Coronavirus is typically found in animals however, the new strain Covid-19(novel coronavirus) hadn’t been identified in previous cases. The examination of the virus is the largest and most comprehensive study of a coronavirus case so far. People have been relating this to the SARS outbreak in 2003 stating that we shouldn’t be worried because there hasn’t been a diagnosed SARS case since 2004. While SERS and coronavirus are very similar the novel coronavirus is more contagious. 


The mechanisms of the spread of the virus are unsure however, scientists believe it spreads through droplets, contaminated surfaces, and possibly airborne. Scientists are certain that the main cause of transmission is through respiratory droplets which can travel up to 6 feet from someone coughing or sneezing. Close contact with someone who carries the virus or any surface and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth can transmit the illness as well. Everyday we come in contact with tons of different bacteria but, we don’t pay attention to that. What makes Covid-19 different?


This virus is affecting everyone around the globe. Businesses are scared and some are even closed in China until the outbreak is under control. Airlines could potentially lose almost 30 billion due to the virus. This raises concerns for our trade stock and the products that we trade. Which also raises the question what precautions will the United States take to prevent the spread? 


WHO has created a global preparedness and response plan and asked donors for $675 million to last to through April. The plan explains that we would boost surveillance, provide guidance and improve national readiness(especially in countries with weak healthcare systems), and more research of the virus. While scientists are still trying to figure out how the virus actually works they believe that the virus doesn’t survive on surfaces for too long so that transmission through mail is unlikely. 


In the U.S there are 15 diagnosed cases, 412 negative cases,and 52 cases pending. Arizona, California, Illinois, Massechusetes, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin are the only States with diagnosed cases. Scientists are advising that we don’t  jump to conclusions for early numbers may not tell the full story. The mortality rate of the virus is 2.3% and for comparison the SARS outbreak in 2003 reached a 9.6% mortality rate. That being said the flu has caused more deaths than those two combined. We are surrounded by germs everyday and aren’t even fazed by it. While there are many movies based around a virus outbreak just remember, when is anything like the movies? We all know High School Musical gave us false expectations.